TECHNICAL FEATURES ARCHIVE

MCN Tech Watch Archive

With the kind permission of Motor Cycle News, I’m now archiving my weekly MCN Tech Watch technical features here.

Simon Hargreaves' Tech Watch Archive

Tech Watch Articles reproduced with kind permission from Simon Hargreaves.

Big Piston Forks

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By Kevin Ash


Pictures: Kawasaki

BMW S1000RR valves

BMW_S1000RR_03By Kevin Ash


Pictures: BMW Press

Brakes: What's stopping you?

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By Kevin Ash


Pictures: Milagro, Double Red, press various

The Cross-plane Crank

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By Kevin Ash


Pictures: Yamaha Press

Ducati 1198 Technical

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Ducati Traction Control - DTC


By Kevin Ash

Multistrada Testastretta 11 Degrees

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Ducati calls the engine fitted to the 2010 Multistrada the Testastretta 11 Degrees. What does that mean?

Honda C-ABS

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By Kevin Ash


Pictures: Honda Press, Ian Kerr
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Hydrogen Fuel Cell

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There are two basic types of electric vehicle, those powered by batteries and those which use fuel cells.

Inertial torque

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By Kevin Ash


Pictures: Yamaha Press, Cyborg, Caterham

Metzeler Sportec M5 Interact technical

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The key to Metzeler`s Interact technology lies in the 120 or so steel chords which run around the tyre`s carcass.

Moto Guzzi Concept Heat Pipes

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The cool-looking finned heat sinks on either side of the Guzzi concept bikes' headstocks are there for more than just the style: they use what's known as heat pipe technology to take excess heat away from the motor, improving emissions and allowing a higher power output.

Moto Guzzi Concept Inconel Exhaust

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Another innovation on the Guzzi concept bikes is the use of space age material Inconel for the exhaust pipes.

Running In

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By Kevin Ash


Pictures: Castrol, press various

Speed Camera Calculation

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By Kevin Ash


Pictures: Sussex Police, copyright free

Suzuki GSX-R1000 technical

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By Kevin Ash


Pictures: Suzuki Press

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